Accountants by trade are prisoners of relentless stereotypes, such as being quiet and boring. As a result, they may fall prey to lackluster gifts such as ties, golf balls and monogram pen sets. In my new career as an accountant, I have met a variety of individuals within the profession ranging from hardcore vegans to wine aficionados. As a result, I have kept this diversity in mind while compiling and researching this year’s gift ideas for the accountant in your life.
Whether an accountant is traveling to an audit site or to a seminar, a versatile travel bag is a necessity. Pan Am (remember them?), has an extensive line of stylish retro bags perfect for any form of travel. For a truly utilitarian bag, there is the Bag of Holding, which is capable of holding a laptop, folders, pens and more!
Pan Am Bags
Bag of Holding
Water, Chocolate and Champagne Therapy:
Auditors are always on the move and may find themselves in a remote location on an engagement. Hydro’s On-the-Go Filtering Water Bottle is the perfect remedy for clean water without the waste and expense of regular bottled water.
Hydro’s On-The-Go Filtering Water
Whether it is January 1st or April 15th, accountants need to celebrate just like everybody else. Since accountants appreciate transparency, they are sure to enjoy the Inside Out Champagne Glasses by artist Alissia Melka Teichroew.
Inside Out Champagne Glasses
Being an accountant can be stressful. Therefore, it is important for them to relax and stay healthy. What better way then therapy through healthy chocolate? Missionary Chocolates is the best prescription for any sweet tooth addiction.
Coffee, Coffee and More Coffee:
Accountants drink a lot of coffee, especially around tax season. A great way for an accountant to maintain their caffeine intake without wasting time is the World’s Largest Coffee Mug. Sure the coffee will get cold, but just think how much their billable hours will increase by not having to leave their desk for time consuming refills.
An accountant’s work is never done, therefore they require a constant stream of caffeine no matter what the season. A twelve months supply of free-trade coffee from Grounds for Change is sure to deliver the buzz they need to conquer a year’s worth of spreadsheets.
World’s Largest Coffee Mug
Unless they’re an auditor, most accountants spend the bulk of their time at their desk. The perfect supplies can make their domain more habitable. If they tend to eat at their desks, a Washable Keyboard by Logitech might be just what they need.
Logitech’s Washable Keyboard
In our high-tech world, many firms are going paperless. As a result, documents are scanned, but not before pesky staples have been removed. Sure paper clips work, but they still add to the landfill. To solve all these problems, there is Go-Go Gadget Stapler, the clear staple-less stapler.
Go Go Gadget Stapler
As I mentioned earlier, accountants are not boring people and some of them are downright hilarious, wacky and brilliant. For the accountant that likes to channel their inner Jim Carey, perhaps the Crazy Calculator is the accouterment needed to remain sane in their cubicle kingdom.
Battling through forms can leave an accountant’s eyes strained from all the small print. However, a magnifier can help and this stylish one from the MOMA won’t be an eye sore on the desk because it doubles as a paperweight.
Page Goolrick, 2008 – Magnifier and Paperweight
For more gift ideas, be sure to check out my post from last year!
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